Pressure mounts on US president Donald Trump as his niece sues him for fraud amidst disputed election race.
From trailing behind Joe Biden on the national opinion polls stands, the disputed mail-in ballots – to claims he would not willingly hand over power to Joe Biden if he were to lose in the November elections, Trump’s woes continue to mount on his gloomy looking chances for a second term office.
His brother’s daughter has added on his woes by publicly accusing him of cheating her out of an inheritance.
Mr Trump, his sister Maryanne Trump Barry and brother Robert Trump, who died in August were all fingered in a recent lawsuit filed by their niece, Mary Trump in a New York court on Thursday.
She accuses all of them of fraud and conspiracy.
Mary Trump, 55, is the daughter of Fred Trump Jr, the president’s older brother, who died in 1981 at the age of 42.
After Fred Trump’s death, “Donald, Maryanne, and Robert committed to watch over her interests as fiduciaries”. During this time, they cheated Mary out of her inheritance, leaving her to “inherit valuable minority interests in the family business”, the lawsuit papers read.
They lied. Rather than protect Mary’s interests, they designed and carried out a complex scheme to siphon funds away from her interests, conceal their grift [fraud], and deceive her about the true value of what she had inherited,” Mary Trump said on the court document.
She has been a huge critic of her father’s brother since he assumed office in 2016.
Early this year she published a tell-all memoir, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, where she described Mr Trump as a narcissist, a womaniser and a University cheat who became what he is today because of his father’s harsh treatment.
The president and the whole Trump family tried but failed to block Mary Trump from revealing family secrets in the book.
This time, she has taken them to court over the disputed family businesses.
Neither Mr Trump nor the White House has publicly responded on the issue.